My absolute favorite of the four things I made for the bridal shower was this punch. For starters, I just love sparkling wine. It doesn’t matter if it’s Champagne with a capital “C” from Champagne, or champagne with a little “c” from New Mexico, or if it’s Cava, Prosecco, red, white, rosé, whatever, I love it. Ok, that’s not to say that there are sparking wines that aren’t good, but for the most part I just love them. Maybe it’s because I was raised in a family that is completely addicted to seltzer water (seriously, we easily went through a 12 pack case of liters in a week) so I’m just a big fan of anything fizzy. Or maybe it’s because the little bubbles bursting on your tongue make the flavors that much more vibrant and exciting.
I found this punch recipe through a friend on Pinterest and I knew that I just had to make it. Sparkling wine and pomegranate juice? Heaven. Luckily for her, I knew this would be the perfect drink for the stock-the-bar shower we were throwing for her and my other friend getting married (who happens to make the most amazing drinks). Incidentally, this friend on Pinterest is the same one who I found the lemon crinkle cookies through, also on Pinterest. I’m afraid that she may be getting the idea that I’ll make her anything that she pins on Pinterest…. so to clarify, Jamie, I will not be making that Tiffany Lamp inspired cake that you pinned. Just for the record.
This punch, on the other hand, I will be making as often as possible. It’s so easy to throw together and makes for one heckuva refreshing, bright, bubbly punch, not to mention it’s really pretty in a nice glass!
Pomegranate-Champagne Punch #
Adapted from Martha Stewart
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup pear nectar
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
1 bottle (750 ml) sparkling wine, such as Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, etc.
- In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add sparkling wine. Serve over ice.